Batman #133

Writer: Chip Zdarsky Artist: Adrian Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 8, 2023 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 42
7.9Critic Rating
6.3User Rating

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Everyone goes insane eventually. And then they belong to the terrifying Red Mask! But Gotham City has a new savior. He strikes from the shadows, exhumes the dead, and is known only as...the Batman. And in our backup story, Tim Drake's search for Batman continues as he and Superman, Jon Kent, team up to stop the terror of the Toyman!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Mar 13, 2023

    Zdarsky's "The Bat-Man of Gotham City is proving to be a very thought-provoking storyline. It's an intriguing examination of how Bruce would fare in a very different version of Gotham. But, Zdarsky shows us that Bruce is up to the challenge. Because being Batman is Bruce's destiny, regardless of which version of Gotham City he may find himself in. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 7, 2023

    Batman has made for an enjoyable read through this latest arc. Zdarsky is having fun playing against the standard Batman Gotham story and these new wrinkles have made for an entertaining stretch of issues. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 7, 2023

    The still-anonymous villain has expanded Arkham's operations in a way we've really never seen before, and the setting introduced at the end of the issue is just another great level-up for a series that never seems to take its foot off the gas pedal. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Mar 7, 2023

    Batman #133 continues Zdarskys wildly creative story with a Batman more familiar to the diehard fans of yore. Vengeance is back baby! The Bat of Gotham is ready to strike fear in the hearts of everyone as he single-handedly drains this evil, corrupted Gotham Swamp. Moreover, the action is relentless from start to finish. From excavating dead bodies to fighting venomized villains, Batman takes fans down memory lane as to why we all love this character so much. Readers, I havent had this much fun in this title in years. Sure, Failsafe was a good arc and it changed the trajectory of the series well. But Batman #133 finally provides this title with the excitement its been missing for quite some time. I know its in the middle of the arc, but Batman fans should be back on this title. Get the back issues and trades of Zdarskys run and hop on board while you still can. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Mar 7, 2023

    Hawthorne delivers some great art throughout the issue. The character designs and backgrounds look amazing and I love the visual tone of the issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Mar 7, 2023

    Batman #133 continues to reveal what Gotham would be like without Batman, and a little Batman injected into it can start to fix things with a bit of elbow grease. This issue also begins to reveal there may be a larger purpose to Batman being zapped into another dimension, making the next issue even more tantalizing to read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Max Byrne Mar 7, 2023

    Batman #133 is an issue that expands and opens up the alternate universe, adding more meat to the bone. Whilst the city is different to the one we know and love, Batman is Batman. The surroundings may have changed but the man and his mission remain the same. Will he accomplish all he wants to before it is time to go home? Only time will tell. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Nicole Drum Mar 8, 2023

    While I would like to see this story progressing a little faster so that we could get back to the main universe so that Bruce and deal with Failsafe because it feels more and more like we've just forgotten the urgency of that storyline entirely, this adventure in this alternate Gotham is still a fascinating one, particularly this issue as we dig a little more into the cracks in the system as it were. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Mar 8, 2023

    Zdarsky has a really interesting idea. Batman in the Gotham City of a parallel universe is too clever a concept to rush through this quickly. The idea of a seasoned Bruce Wayne having to start over completely in a world that never knew Batman would be a lot of fun for a multi-title crossover. Instead, Zdarsky has to rush through it as a multi-issue arc in a single title. It all feels a little too compressed to manage the full impact that it could have had if it were allowed more room to breathe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Mar 7, 2023

    Batman #133 finds Bruce Wayne donning a street-level cape and cowl to save an alternate world's Gotham from criminal corruption. The art and writing are solid, and the plot feels like it's moving, but the lack of urgency on Bruce's behalf to get back home and stop Failsafe is somehow unsettling. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Mar 7, 2023

    Chip Zdarsky along with artists Mike Hawthorne and Miguel Mendonca delivered a strong chapter in the two Multiverse adventures we get in Batman #133. With the main story we see how Bruce Wayne resourceful he is while struggling with his emotions when interacting with certain Elseworld characters. Then with the Tim Drake adventure we get another example of what makes him the best Robin. It all comes together for a comic book that makes you want to find out what happens next in both stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - Dustin Gebel Mar 7, 2023

    Hawthorne and Di Benedettos art also does this in both the more bombastic action sequences and the quieter, introspective moments. The balance plays up the pulp and human roots of Batman, and when paired with the excellent balance of colors from Morey, the issue clicks and becomes a satisfying Batman comic. Sometimes, you just want your Batman comic to be a no-frill, hearty Batman comic, and thats what Batman #133 is at its core. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Get Your Comic On - Neil Vagg Mar 7, 2023

    "The Bat-Man of Gotham arc begins to coalesce this month. With all the pieces on the board, Zdarsky is shifting the story to bring in more action whilst keeping the focus on Bruce's emotional journey. Once again the backup story is used to bring some great context. We're beginning to see both stories racing towards an epic conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson Mar 7, 2023

    But for you fans out there, this is an issue worth getting for the overall story, the settings, great new takes on established villains, and lovely visuals. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Mar 8, 2023

    Batman #133 has solidified my thoughts on this arc, the main story and back-up are flipped. The comic should feature Tim and Jon Kent's attempt to find and rescue Bruce as the main draw. A story of a “rescue” of Bruce from an actual ideal world could have been a bit more interesting than Bruce again finding he needs to don the cowl in an alternate world to dispense justice. Overall, an entertaining, though overall ho-hum arc so far. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Mar 7, 2023

    Batman #133 takes readers on an elseworlds Gotham sightseeing tour, hitting the necessary beats to bring us to Red Mask's lair, but there's no real tension or excitement. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Mar 11, 2023

    This alternate reality storyline isn't as unique and special as I would like. It doesn't have anything alternate enough to sink my teeth into. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Mar 7, 2023

    Honestly? I don't recommend this comic; it just isn't very good. The backup is fun, and Zdarsky certainly has a good voice for Tim Drake, but I'm not about to recommend spending $4.99 on just a short backup. There are better books on stands this week that are worth spending your time and hard-earned money on. Read Full Review

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